Welcome to Gonzo Dog! Or what I refer to as “The Cute and Complicated Club.” Because our dogs are cute, which makes it hard to set boundaries and can lead to some complicated issues!
Science-based, rewards-based training is a wonderful way to bond with your dog and learn how to replace behavior you don't want to see with behavior you do – which in turn makes everyone’s life easier.
I am an insured CPDT-KA Certified trainer with over a decade of experience working with all types of breeds and issues, so bring them all! I personally work with both you and your dog(s) in their environment to target everything from puppy training and basic skills to longer term, more persistent behavioral issues using force-free, positive reinforcement methods (so no prong/choke chains, shock collars, etc.) that get results!
I specialize in anxiety, fear, fear-based aggression, stranger danger issues, resource guarding and leash reactivity, with experience training deaf/blind dogs, senior pups, transitioning rescues and a host of other things.
In addition to the knowledge and experience I bring, I also bring compassion and empathy. This stuff is hard! The last thing you need is some condescending trainer barking orders at you and making you feel like a failure. I strive to communicate with my humans as gently and patiently as I communicate with my dogs, aiming to make training a fun and positive experience for everyone!
You're about to make a lifetime investment:
I’m going to teach you how to train your dog.
communicate with your dog in a way they can understand
learn to read their body language
create healthy boundaries to get you unstuck
build their confidence and communication
learn skills that you can use to teach them nearly anything
gain professional outside perspective on behavioral issues/modification
Contact me today to set up a consultation and let me know what I can do to build a more harmonious relationship between you and your dog!
Fun Fact: the name Gonzo Dog was inspired by my favorite author, Hunter S. Thompson.